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Sarah K. Solum

Head of US Capital Markets and Managing Partner of Silicon Valley Office

Financing and capital markets

She is very knowledgeable about markets. She knows exactly who to get involved on your cases and when.

Chambers USA 2020

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About Sarah K. Solum

Sarah is Head of US Capital Markets and Managing Partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. She has extensive experience in capital markets transactions, including IPOs, investment grade and high yield debt offerings, convertible notes transactions and preferred stock offerings. She also regularly represents companies on mergers and acquisitions and advises on SEC compliance, disclosure and corporate governance matters. 

Sarah was recently on the Global Advisory Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) and a Co-Chair of the Northern California chapter. She was also a member of HiPower, an executive leadership program for women. 

Sarah is a member of the Board of Visitors at Duke University School of Law. She is also on the Board of Trustees at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School. Prior to joining Freshfields, Sarah was a partner at Davis Polk.

Recent work

Sarah advises issuers and underwriters in IPOs and a variety of other equity and debt capital markets transactions, including:

  • IPOs: AMIS Holdings, AppNet, Apropos, CAI International, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Coupa Software, DocuSign, Etsy, Fastly, Fortinet, Forty Seven, GoDaddy, Handspring, Homegrocer, iBeam, Kaiser Aluminum, NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Pivotal Software, Razorfish, Responsys, SendGrid, ServiceSource International, Silver Spring Networks, Splunk, SunRun, Viant Technology and Zymergen.
  • Follow-on and other stock offerings: Atara, Catapult Communications, Chegg, Corcept Therapeutics, Coupa Software, DocuSign, E*TRADE, Endocyte, Fastly, GoDaddy, Mannkind, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Palm, Splunk, SVB Financial, Wet Seal and WinStar.
  • Convertible notes offerings: ADC Telecommunications, Affymetrix, Cadence, Chegg, Coupa Software, Cypress Semiconductor, DocuSign, E-house, Equinix, Fastly, Horizon Pharmaceuticals, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Pandora Media, Splunk, Wix.com and Zynga.
  • Investment-grade and high-yield note offerings: AMIS Holdings, Budget Group, El Paso Electric, E*TRADE, Kansas City Power & Light, Oracle, Raytheon, Seagate and SVB Financial.

Sarah’s experience in mergers and acquisitions and other significant transactions includes advising:

  • Pivotal Software on its sale to VMware.
  • A founder/CEO of a major Internet company on the adoption of a dual class stock structure and related recapitalization.
  • TriNet Group on its strategic investment from Atairos Group.
  • Affymetrix on its sale to Thermo Fisher Scientific.
  • FormFactor on its acquisition of Cascade Microtech.
  • 1-Page on its acquisition of Marianas Labs.
  • Getty Investments on the take-private of Getty Images by Hellman & Friedman and subsequent acquisition by Carlyle.
  • Sterling Financial on its recapitalization by Warburg Pincus and Thomas H. Lee Partners.
  • Palm on the private placement of units of preferred stock and warrants to Elevation Partners.
  • E*TRADE on its recapitalization by Citadel Investment Funds and subsequent equity sale/debt exchange.
  • Affymetrix on its acquisitions of eBioscience, USB Corporation, True Materials and Panomics.
  • Blue Coat Systems on its acquisition of Packeteer and its private placement of convertible notes and warrants.
  • Oracle on its acquisitions of Siebel Systems and PeopleSoft.
  • NetIQ on its sale to AttachmateWRQ.
  • XcelleNet on its sale to Sybase.

Qualifications

Education

  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Member, Duke Law Journal
  • LL.M., Comparative and International Law, Duke University School of Law
  • BA., St. Olaf College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

 Bar Admissions

  • State of California
  • State of New York